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Clover Health Policies

 

DECLARATION OF DISASTER OR EMERGENCY

If you're affected by a disaster or emergency declaration by the President or a Governor, or an announcement of a public health emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, there is certain additional support available to you.

  • Part A, Part B, and supplemental Part C plan benefits are to be provided at specified non-contracted facilities (note that Part A and Part B benefits must be obtained at Medicare-certified facilities);
  • Where applicable, requirements for gatekeeper referrals are waived in full;
  • Plan-approved out-of-network cost-sharing amounts are temporarily reduced; and
  • The 30-day notification requirement to members is waived, as long as all the changes (such as reduction or cost-sharing and waiving authorization) benefit the member.

If CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) hasn't provided an end date for the disaster or emergency, plans will resume normal operation 30 days after the initial declaration.

 

Reimbursement Policies

Policy Number Policy Name Effective Date Revision Date Brief Description
#RP-004 30 Day Readmission Review and Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy addresses the process and rules around prepay readmission review
#RP-008 Ambulance Reimbursement Policy 8/1/19 1/1/22 This policy describes the requirements and limitations for joint response ambulance claims when billing services for Clover members.
#RP-007 Anesthesia Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Outlines requirements and guidelines used in the payment of an anesthesia claim.
#RP-010 Assistant at Surgery Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Outlines requirements and guidelines used in the payment of assistant surgeon charges submitted on a claim. For examples required modifiers 80, 81,82 and AS.
#RP-009 Bilateral Procedures Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Outlines requirements of when bilateral pricing is applied to a claim. For example Bilateral specific codes or procedure codes on the RBRVS fee schedule with specific bilateral indicators.
#RP-024 Carrier Priced Codes Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy describes the reimbursement methodology for codes submitted by a provider that are covered by Medicare, but are not priced by Medicare. These codes are referred to as carrier priced codes.
#RP-026 Chiropractic Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy outlines Clover Health’s chiropractic service requirements for both contracted and non-contracted providers for all plans. Guidelines are based on national policy; however, Local Coverage Determinations will apply for specific regions.
#RP-025 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy outlines Clover’s adherence to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) reimbursement guidelines according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations. Clover applies CLIA reimbursement rules to both contracted and non-contracted providers for all Medicare Advantage products.
#RP-001 Clinical Trial Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Outlines the requirements and guidelines for billing and reimbursement of a clinical trial claim
#RP-029 Clover Discontinued Procedures - Modifier 53 Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy outlines Clover Health’s guidelines for payment of discontinued services submitted with a modifier 53. Clover will apply this logic to all Medicare Advantage plans for both contracted and non-contracted providers.
#RP-017 Co-Surgeon/Team Surgeon Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Outlines requirements and guidelines used in the payment of Co-Surgeon/Team surgeon charges submitted on a claim. For examples required modifiers 62, 66 and RBRVS indicators for Co-Surgeon/Team surgeon procedures.
#RP-013 Coordination of Benefits (COB) Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy covers instances when a member has reported to the CMS that they have other insurance as primary over their Medicare coverage, Clover may not be the responsible party for that member’s claim liability.
#RP-015 Cosmetic Service Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy describes the guidelines and requirements Clover Health uses in order to determine whether or not a procedure or surgery considered cosmetic is covered.
#RP-027 CT Cerebral Perfusion Studies Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Computed Tomography (CT) Cerebral Perfusion Studies are required to be billed with certain conditions in order to be considered covered by CMS. This policy reviews the Clover Health requirements in order for a claim to be paid.
#RP-005 Diagnosis Related Grouper (DRG) Validation Review Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy describes the process, timelines and rules/regulations around prepay DRG review.
#RP-018 Discarded Drugs and Biologicals Remibursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 The Discarded Drugs and Biologicals policy addresses reimbursement guidelines for appropriately reporting wasted drugs and biologicals administered from single use vials, single use packages, and multi-use vials.
#RP-022 Durable Medical Equipmet (DME) Limits Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy addresses Durable Medical Equipment (DME) frequency limitations. It defines the Clover Health policy on how the frequency is calculated based on CMS rules and regulations. These calculations are based on Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs) as published by CMS.
#RP-016 Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics, and Prosthetics Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Medicare payment for durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics and orthotics (P&O), parenteral and enteral nutrition (PEN), surgical dressings, and therapeutic shoes and inserts is based on the lower of either the actual charge for the item or the fee schedule amount calculated for the item. Each state has a different fee schedule.
#RP-019 Global Days Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 The Global Period assignment or Global Days Value is the time frame that applies to certain procedures subject to a Global Surgical Package concept whereby all necessary services normally furnished by a physician (before, during and after the procedure) are included in the reimbursement for the procedure performed. Modifiers should be used as appropriate to indicate services that are not part of the Global Surgical Package.
#RP-012 Hospice Coverage Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy explains the payment responsibilities of Clover Health when a member has elected hospice coverage with The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
#RP-006 Itemized Bills Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy outlines the process and procedure for itemized bill reviews for qualified inpatient claims.
#RP-021 Leadless Cardiac Pacemakers Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 The leadless pacemaker eliminates the need for a device pocket and insertion of a pacing lead which are integral elements of traditional pacing systems. The removal of these elements eliminate an important source of complications associated with traditional pacing systems while providing similar benefits. Leadless pacemakers are delivered via catheter to the heart, and function similarly to other transvenous single-chamber ventricular pacemakers.
#RP-028 Member Balance Billing Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy describes the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules around member balance billing. When an item or service is non-covered, in certain situations, the member may be billed. If an item or service is denied by Clover Health, the provider may not balance bill the member.
#RP-031 Modifiers Not Reimbursable to Healthcare Professionals Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 In accordance with the CPT book and CMS, the following modifiers have been approved and designated for use by ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) or in the outpatient hospital setting.
#RP-030 Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) for Therapy Services Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This reimbursement policy describes how the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) methodology will be applied for Therapy Services billed to Clover Health. The MPPR applies to services identified as “always” therapy and applies to the second and subsequent therapy services furnished by a single provider to a beneficiary on a single date of service. This policy will apply to all outpatient therapy services paid under Part B, including those furnished in office and facility settings.
#RP-011 Multiple Surgery Reduction (MSR) Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 Multiple surgeries are separate procedures performed by a single physician on the same patient at the same operative session or on the same day for which separate payment may be allowed. Co-surgeons, surgical teams, or assistants at surgery may participate in performing multiple surgeries on the same patient on the same day.
#RP-020 Nerve Graft After Prostatectomy Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy describes the coding requirements for nerve grafting, which is performed to replace cavernous nerves that have been resected during radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.
#RP-032 Observation and Discharge Hours Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy provides direction to physicians and facilities when billing claims for observation services. It defines and differentiates between billing an initial observation service and subsequent observation service and clarifies the coding permitted depending on the number of hours billed.
#RP-014 Outpatient Observation Reimbursement Policy 6/30/21 1/1/22 Reimbursement for observation services when provided by the order of a physician or another individual authorized by state licensure law and facility staff bylaws to admit members to the hospital or to order outpatient tests unless provider, state federal, or CMS contracts and/or requirements indicate otherwise
#RP-022 Postpay Review Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy explains how Clover engages in a variety of post payment reviews of claims including coding reviews and medical record reviews.
#RP-003 Prepayment Emergency Department Claim Review Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This policy addresses the review of facility outpatient Emergency Department (ED) claims for incorrect billing.
#RP-023 Varicose Veins Reimbursement Policy 1/1/22 1/1/22 This reimbursement policy describes the billing and coding for the Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency of the lower Extremities (Varicose Veins). The treatment of Varicose Veins has numerous LCD’s. The LCD’s listed will be for the states that Clover Health has membership.

 

Utilization Management Policies

Policy Number Policy Name Effective Date Revision Date Brief Description
#UM-021 Clinical Guidelines for inpatient stays 2/18/22 2/18/22 The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the prior authorization process on Inpatient Notice of Admission (IP NOA) requests. IP NOA request with certain diagnosis and/or clinical indications will require two days of clinical information prior to the Medical Director Determination when applicable
#UM-20 Clover Health Administration DME Policy 2/18/22 2/18/22 Authorization for Particular Brand, Item, of Mode of Delivery
  Clover Health Utilization Management ProgramDescription 2022 2022 2022 The UM Program Description is an overview and guide utilization management activities conducted by Clover Health.
#UM-018 IP-PreService Auths not on the CMS IPO list criteria 3/16/22 3/2/22 The purpose of this policy is to establish Clover Health’s review process to determine when hospital inpatient care meets medical necessity and is appropriate for the care needed by the member.
#UM-017 OP Therapy Authorizations- Fifteen visit policy 2/18/22 2/18/22 The purpose of this policy is to outline Clover Health’s process for review of the quantity of OP Therapy visits per Authorization request.
#UM-004 Peer-to-peer review 1/12/22 1/12/22 This Policy and Procedure (P&P) establishes Clover Health’s (“Clover”) policy and procedure for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Review
#UM-025 Post Stabilization Policy 1/12/22 1/12/22 To state Clover’s compliance with CMS post-stabilization requirements
#UM-010 Denials and Terminations 2/18/22 2/18/22 The purpose of this policy is to establish Clover Health’s procedures on when and how to use the Integrated Denial Notice (IDN), Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage (NOMNC), Detailed Explanation of Non-Coverage (DENC), Notice of Denial of Coverage for Services (NDCS) and the Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND).
#UM-022 Part C Retrospective Review 3/16/22 3/16/22 To establish consistent and compliant processing of Retrospective Reviews if Clover’s Utilization Management department receives an authorization request from a provider or member after a service or item has been furnished by the provider.
#UM-001 Prior Authorizations Organizations Determinations 3/16/22 3/16/22 Establish a process for members or their authorized representative and providers to
submit requests for medical services.
#UM-016 Reopenings for organization determinations 2/18/22 2/18/22

The purpose of this policy is to establish Clover Health’s (Clover) procedures for the
reopening of organization determinations.

#UM-026 Medical Necessity Guidelines for Coverage Determination 2/18/22 NEW

This policy establishes the hierarchy of application of CMS policy documents to ensure the decision making process is based on accurate and consistent review of CMS policies.

#UM-027 Business Continuity: UM System Outage Policy 2/18/22 NEW

To state Clover Health’s policy in the event of an unforeseen outage of UM systems that support prior authorizations. This policy establishes guidelines for emergency operations and business continuity.

 

Quality Policies

Policy Number Policy Name Effective Date Revision Date Brief Description
#CQI-018 Assessing Member Experience Satisfaction 9/1/20 11/15/20 To define the manner of how Clover Health collects, analyzes and acts on Member Experience/Satisfaction data
#CQI-008 Evaluation of Chronic Care Improvement Program 1/27/16 11/15/20 To state the components and steps necessary to carry out the Chronic Care Improvement Program evaluation.
#CQI-006 Health Outcome Survey (HOS) 2/1/16 11/15/20 To establish requirements and processes to conduct HOS survey, report and manage results
#CQI-007 Health Risk Assessment 10/16/13 11/15/20 To ensure proper assessment and reporting on member's risk levels and monitoring timeliness. To define guidance in which Clover Health attempts to conduct Health Risk Assessments (HRA) of all new enrollees and upon an annual basis.
#CQI-003 Healthcare Effectiveness Date and Information Set (HEDIS) 2/1/16 11/15/20 To state the requirements and process for HEDIS reporting and manage results
#CQI-019 Monitoring for Cultural and Linguistic needs 9/1/20 11/15/20 To demonstrate Clover Health's assessment evaluation of the cultural and linguistic needs of its population
#CQI-021 Quality of Care Investigations 10/22/20 10/22/20 To have a process to properly investigate, respond to, track and trend quality of care member complaints and grievances.
#CQI-013 Quality of Care Monitoring- HAC, Avoidable Readmissions, and Mortality Rates 6/1/20 11/15/20 To have a process in place to help evaluate the quality of care of institutions where our members receive care.